what jess wore: April 2016

April 29, 2016

[UPDATED] Ann Taylor & LOFT Sale Alerts + New Reviews

 Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee Outfit
Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee in quartzite, size XXS regular (review of size XSP here, Update 7/15 - this top back in stock in navy blue, bird print and this spotted print)
Ann Taylor Turnlock Saddle Bag in winter white (review here)
Gap STRETCH 1969 true skinny ankle jeans in white, size 25P (last seen here and updated with measurements here)
Bandolino Mikea (old from DSW last year, similar here, last mentioned here)
Skagen Crystal Striped Mesh Bracelet Watch (sold out, review here, similar here

SALE ALERTS

Ann Taylor - Get 50% off select full-price styles and get extra 60% off sale styles. Valid in stores and online. You can also use the code ANNT3BE online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (exclusions may apply). That's a total of 62.5% off select full-price styles after online discounts!

Use the code GIFT9 for $30 off $60+ (excludes final sale items). I noticed this code works on sale styles for even further discounts if you're placing a small order for sale items. I would only recommend doing this method if you're pretty confident the sale items will fit you. If it doesn't work out you will not get the $8.95 shipping fee back. Lastly, I also received the code THANKS2 for $50 off your full-price purchase of $100+. This code supposedly expires 4/28/16 at 12AM EST but I noticed it still works. Sara kindly shared a new $50 off $100 code and AnnT8za expires on 5/1/16. Note: The shopping cart only takes one code per order.

Shop my sales picks here:



LOFT - Get 40% off tops, sweaters, pants and shorts an extra 60% off all sale styles. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER489 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). That's a total of 55% off select full-price styles after online discounts!

Shop my sales picks here:



REVIEWS

Ann Taylor Lace Shift Dress
Ann Taylor Lace Shift Dress in lady oxford, size 0P (last seen here in my post from July 2015)

I stopped by the store the other day to see if there was any new arrivals in stores and I spotted this lace shift dress. The color is a pretty periwinkle blue but the cut and and fit is the same as the dress I reviewed last July here. I'd say this dress runs a bit loose in your usual Ann Taylor sizing and may require a belt to give it more shape. Refer to this clip I saved from my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) here for another look at how this dress fits.

 Ann Taylor Belted Dot Dress

I also tried on this belted dot dress and size XXSP fits generously. The length hit me mid kneecap and this XXSP fits more like a 0 or 2 regular rather than petites. The bust darts were misplaced on me so if you have a small chest then this dress will not work unless you size down. The arm holes are also cut very large. I really wish this dress had pockets. The dress has an a-line shape when unbelted and it wasn't too see through if you wear nude undergarments.

LOFT Pintucked Swing Dress
LOFT Pintucked Swing Dress, size XS regular

I loved the color of this pintucked swing dress and since there was no petites at my local store I tried on XS regular which actually fit me really well lengthwise. I'd say this dress fits true to size. The length hit just above my knees but the arm holes are generous so you could see my bra from the sides if I moved around. I'm not sure if XXS regular would solve my particular issue with the arm holes but this dress is so light and airy it feels like you're wearing nothing. I was also searching for pockets to put my hands in but there were none to be found. This dress would be really cute with a cropped denim jacket and a necklace.

LOFT Pointelle Striped Top
LOFT Pointelle Striped Top, size XS regular
Gap STRETCH 1969 true skinny ankle jeans in white, size 25P (last seen here and updated with measurements here)

I wanted this pointelle striped top when I spotted it online but it's a bit sheer in white. It fits true to size and the length of regular missy is perfect - not too short/boxy. If you don't mind layering with a cami for the white color then this is a really cute top that also comes in coral and navy as well.

LOFT Soft Vintage Soft Tee in dainty pink shadow
LOFT Soft Vintage Soft Tee in dainty pink shadow, size XS regular

I was killing time before dinner on Friday night and I popped by LOFT and tried on this soft vintage tee. Size XS regular fits true to size but the dainty pink shadow isn't the soft pink I thought it was but it's still really cute. I like these vintage tees since the neckline is more modest than a low v-neck. I have both the dotted version and the striped version from last year (review here, last seen here) in XS regular.

LOFT Embroidered Floral Vintage Soft Shell, size XS regular
LOFT Embroidered Floral Vintage Soft Shell, size XS regular (see it on Megan)

I also tried on this embroidered floral vintage shell and I noticed one of the sales associates also had it on. It's true to size but the arm holes are generous so a cardigan and/or layering cami is required or people will see a your bra from the sides. It is slightly sheer and you can see a closeup of the embroidery detail here.

The Limited Nautical Striped Anorak
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 24/00 regular (last seen here, review of the deco wash here

I ordered a few items from The Limited as mentioned in my blog post on April 13th I but never got around to reviewing them or returning what didn't work out yet. I quickly reviewed them on my snapchat today and I figured I'd update my blog as well in case anyone was interested in these items. This nautical striped anorak is really cute (refer to this picture as well) and I ordered it in XXSP but I found that it fit me really snug in the hips through the thighs when I zip it up. The sleeves are also a bit too short for my arms since I prefer 24" sleeves. You can also refer to this clip here for another look at the fit on me. It's a thin jacket that's perfect for chilly summer nights when you need an extra layer.

The measurements of size XXSP are as follows:

13.25" shoulders
12" upper arm circumference
22.75" sleeve length
35" chest (pit to pit)
33" waist uncinched
37" along the bottom hem
28" total length

The Limited Asymmetrical Drape Front Cardigan
LOFT Striped Rib Trim Tank (old favorite, similar here)
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)

The  asymmetrical drape front cardigan is back once again. This style was part of the popular Scandal collection which you can see on me in this old blog post as well as this post. Size XSP fits me true to size. I hardly dry clean anymore and opt for machine friendly clothes but I really love the look of this cardigan. I'll have to remember not to try to wash it myself since that's how I ruined my other one. Refer to this clip for another look of how it fits.

The Limited Soft Open Front Blazer

I was looking for a drapey white jacket and I ordered this soft open blazer in size XSP but it fits large. I'd say it fits like regular XS or even regular small. It just looked like too much material from me from the side view and the sleeves are really wide. Refer to this clip for another view of how size XSP fits on me.

The measurements of size XSP are as follows:

14.25" shoulders
13" upper arm circumference
20" sleeve length
26" total length

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

April 25, 2016

LOFT Sale Alert: How to Get 55% off Tops & Sweaters + An Extra 60% Off Sale Styles

 4/25/16 - How to Get 55% Off Select Full-Price Items at LOFT

Get 40% off tops and sweaters and an extra 60% off all sale styles at LOFT. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER926 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). That's a total of 55% off select full-price styles after online discounts!

Shop my sales picks here:



I wish I waited for this latest sale to go live but size XXS regular was out of stock for the striped ruffle trim henley shell (review of size XS regular here) that I wanted by the time I was able to get a break to check on the sale this morning. Therefore, I'm glad I placed an order during the flash sale in order to secure my preferred size. I was also able to snap up the striped ankle tie espadrilles at 40% off since they're back to full price today. See my price per item break down comparison below between yesterday and today's sale for the items I ordered. On the other hand, I could have gotten an extra top/item if I waited until today with the extra 25% off and forgo the espadrilles for a future order.

4/24/16 LOFT Order - Price Per Item Breakdown

Hopefully everything works out since I redeemed my $40 rewards with my order. My LOFT bill for this month is the most I've ever spent so I'll try to be under budget in May. I blame the bigger balance on all the good sales at Ann Taylor this month. This season they came out with some really unique pieces and the extra coupon codes certainly helped to enable one too many purchases. I usually shop almost exclusively at LOFT and it helps that it's also more wallet friendly.

FYI. My favorite white jeans from Gap are now 40% off with the code HAPPY. Thanks to Jenna for the heads up on this sale since I rarely shop at Gap. I was able to snap up another pair. You can see them on me here and I provided the measurements of size 25 petite in this post. This past weekend I tried on 25 regular which I noticed has the same waist but it's a better length for me. I prefer the option of wearing them as regular jeans or cuffed so that they're ankle length. The inseam of the petite version is a bit too short for me but looks good with heels. They don't sag in the rear and thighs even after I wear them all day and the outline of the pockets aren't see through due to the skin tone pocket lining.

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

April 24, 2016

Quick Weekend Update + Ann Taylor & LOFT Flash Sale Alerts

 Banana Republic Gracie Espadrilles

I got these adorable Gracie espadrilles from Banana Republic today. They caught my eye on one of the table displays and I decided to try them on but size 6.5 was a bit loose on me. My local store had one size 6 on display and they fit me well so I snapped them up. I switched into them immediately and they were a tad snug when my feet got warm from too much walking but they should stretch out nicely. They were $98 in store and 40% off plus an extra 10% off with my BR card so they came down to $52.92. Depending on the width of your feet you may find that these fit a half to a whole size larger. I'm usually a size 7 and got these in size 6. They also come in a pretty coral suede and fabric blue stripe. Note that the blue stripe color runs true to size. I was not able to get my foot into the smaller size of the stripe version unlike the leather version. The bottom of the soles are completely lined with rubber so they look like they will last a lot longer than the usual espadrilles with a jute sole.

Banana Republic Gracie Espadrilles

Ann Taylor Pineapple Lace Shell
Ann Taylor Pineapple Lace Shell, size XS regular (review here)
Gap STRETCH 1969 true skinny ankle jeans in white, size 25P (last seen here and updated with measurements here)
Louis Vuitton Trevi PM in Damier Ebene (old)

I wanted this pineapple lace shell in XXS regular but my size sold out during the free shipping event last week. I went in store to try on size XS regular yet again and the arm holes are big on me (refer to this clip I saved from my snapchat here) but it should work with a cardigan. Please refer to my previous post because there are some really good stackable coupon codes you can use right now for even better savings on all full-price items which are 40% off. I was able to save almost 70% off full-price items before tax and shipping. Ann Taylor is also offering 60% off (65% off for cardholders) sale items with the code HURRY. Valid online only. The sale on sale items 4/26 at 3AM EST.

 Banana Republic Tweed Fit And Flare Dress

Going back to BR, I tried on this gorgeous tweed fit and flare dress in 2P and 4P. 2P was too snug on me and since the arm holes are more generous it was not very flattering squeezing me in all the wrong places. Size 4P fit me comfortably but I would have loved to try it on in the white version as well. It's a really classy dress for work and going out if it fits. I'll be keeping an eye on this if the price goes down. It was 40% off in store today but I usually purchase BR items at 50% off or better. I also liked this sleeveless chambray wool vest and 0 regular fit me really well but I forgot to take a picture.

Lastly, get 40% off new arrivals and an extra 60% off sale styles at LOFT. Use code FLASH. Online only. Sale ends 4/25 at 10AM EST.  Shop my sales picks here:



Please refer to this page for my most recent purchases. Update 4/25: The flash sale has ended but I always update this page for the latest sale alerts and coupon codes including how to get 55% off select full price items at LOFT.

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

April 21, 2016

Ann Taylor Sale Alert: Get 40% Off Full-Price Styles + Extra $50 Off $100+ Coupon Code

 Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench Outfit
Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench, size XXSP (sold out but sizes do pop back in stock, review here)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 25/0P (last seen here, review of the deco wash here
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)
Louis Vuitton Lumineuse PM in Infini

Get 40% off full-price styles extra 50% off sale styles at Ann Taylor. Valid in stores and online. You can also use the code ANNT3BE online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (exclusions may apply). That's a total discount of 55% off full-price items! Since it's my birthday month I also received the code GIFT2 for $30 off $60+ which expires April 30th at 11:59PM EST (excludes final sale items). I noticed this code works on sale styles for even further discounts if you're placing a small order for sale items. I would only recommend doing this method if you're pretty confident the sale items will fit you. If it doesn't work out you will not get the $8.95 shipping fee back. Lastly, I recently received the code THANKS2 for $50 off your full-price purchase of $100+. This code supposedly expires 4/28/16 at 12AM EST but I received a similar email earlier in the month with the same exact code so they've been reusing it all month.

Note: The shopping cart only takes one code per order so you'll have to figure out which discount code is best for you.

Shop my sales picks here:



  Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench Outfit

We usually take iPhone photos for my blog due to the ease and speed of publishing but these photos were taken by my Instagram husband using his DSLR. Please check out his Flickr here.

  Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench Outfit

Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench Outfit
Need to see another view? Here is what the trench looks like buttoned and belted.

 4/21/16 - My latest purchase

I also recently received the coupon code (THANKS2) for $50 of $100 and to my surprise it worked with the current promotion so I ordered the signature laser cut crossbody tote and the linear dot scarf my mom wanted for less than the current sale price of the bag. I "paid" for shipping but it worked out to be a better discount (almost 70% total discount before tax and shipping or 63% off retail after tax and shipping) than the other two coupon codes. Refer to the final price per item below. I've seen both the bag and scarf I ordered in person so I'm sure they're keepers.

Price per item breakdown

Ann Taylor Carson Tassel Suede Pumps in dove grey

I wasn't going to place another order this billing cycle but I returned the Carson tassel suede pumps that I ordered during the recent free ship event. The vamp cut into the outer sides of my feet so I returned them much to my disappointment. I had been stalking them in my size and color for a long time but I couldn't justify sitting pretty in them. I found that they ran true to size but if you have wider feet then they may not work out for you. They definitely do pop back in stock in various sizes and colors throughout the day so bookmark the item and you may be able to secure your size and color just like I did.

 Ann Taylor Spring Scarves

My mom loves Ann Taylor scarves so I took this picture to remind myself of which two scarves she picked out. Her caveat was that I had to get them really cheap so I'm sure she would approve of my first acquisition.

 Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote
Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote 

Here is a clip of what the laser cut crossbody tote looks like. I shared it on my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) yesterday. See the larger size here. I've seen some bloggers post pictures of the larger bag and it has a droopy bottom since the material is thin rather than thick and structured. I would definitely invest in a rigid insert for the bottom of this bag if you carry around a lot of stuff. I have one recommended by Jean from this shop and I use it all the time for my large signature tote reviewed here as well as my LV Neverfull MM tote. By the way, I'm still waiting for my LV bag to come back from repair. It's been exactly one month since I brought it in. Speaking of bag inserts, I really want to invest in a Samorga custom insert as recommended by the stylish Queenie but I haven't made the plunge. The trick is finding one that fits my large and small bags. Update 7/20: Samorga had a lot of negative reviews in terms of shipping time and customer service so I ordered a this bag organizer from OriginalClub. The shop owner provided a 20% off coupon for my first order.

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

LOFT Sale Alert: Get 50% Off Select Full-Price Items + Extra 25% Off Coupon Code

 LOFT Striped Ruffle Trim Henley Shell, size XS regular
LOFT Striped Ruffle Trim Henley Shell, size XS regular (review of size XSP here)
Gap STRETCH 1969 true skinny ankle jeans in white, size 25P (last seen here and updated with measurements)
Skagen Crystal Striped Mesh Bracelet Watch (sold out, review here, similar here
Bandolino Mikea (old from DSW last year, similar here)

Get 50% off select full-price items and an extra 60% off sale styles at LOFT. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER926 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). That's a total of 62.5% off select full-price items!

Shop my sales picks here:



The adorable striped ruffle trim henley shell pictured above caught my eye last week when I was in store shopping with my mom. Everything is cuter in stripes so of course I had to try it on  in XS regular even though I was original convinced it wasn't the most flattering on me (see my review of size XSP here). I loved the drapey fit of XS regular so much better than XSP. I prefer size XXS regular but I believe I will be happy with either size in case my size does sell out online. Usually XS regular wouldn't fit me for these particular shells but the arm holes aren't overly generous for once in the missy sizing.

LOFT Speckled Kimono Sweater
LOFT Speckled Kimono Sweater, size XS regular

I wanted this speckled kimono sweater but I wasn't sure what size I took since every time I checked the smallest size was sold out. I finally came across size XS regular to try on in store. It runs true to size but it was a bit too wide and loose on me even though the picture above suggests a good fit. I really love the color and texture. The cropped length is better suited for petite torsos but the length is a bit short for my taste so I passed. I prefer my tops to be a bit longer these days. The material is on the thicker side which is nice.

LOFT Striped Drapey Hi-Lo Top, size XSP
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Jeans in deco wash, size 0P (review here, last seen here)
Bandolino Mirabella in pink (review here)

The pattern of this striped drapey hi-lo top caught my eye in store so I tried it on and I really like the look. This cut and style of this top reminds me of the colorblock shirred back tee I got last year (review here). It runs true to size and XSP fits me really well. I'm eyeing the spotted version as well and when searching the website I noticed that it also comes in many pretty colors and prints.

LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater, size S regular
Forever 21 Open-front crepe blazer, size S regular (old, last seen here, similar here)
LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater in antique white, size S regular (review of size MP and S regular here, review of XS regular here, last seen here)

Lastly, here is what size S regular of the ruffle hem sweater looks like on me. I've been body conscious lately (I'm finally doing something about it and hoping I stick to it) so I wonder if I should have stuck with XS regular. Refer to my comparison of size MP and S regular here and my review of XS regular here. This top was last featured in this recent blog post.

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

April 16, 2016

Ann Taylor Cyber Spring Event: Get 50% Off Everything + FREE Shipping

 Ann Taylor Cyber Spring 2016

SALE ALERT

The cyber spring event is back at Ann Taylor! Get 50% off everything plus free shipping no minimum with the code CYBER50. Valid online only. Sale ends Monday 4/19 at 3AM EST. I was finally able to secure my size in the sold out Carson suede tassel pumps in dove grey so I also ordered the twist 3/4 sleeve top in navy size XXS regular to try as well. Shop my sales picks here:



Update 4/19: The cyber spring event has ended but please refer to this page for the latest sale alerts and coupon codes.

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Ann Taylor Pineapple Lace Top
Gap STRETCH 1969 true skinny ankle jeans in white, size 25P (last seen here)
Bandolino Mikea (old from DSW last year, similar here, last mentioned here)

I got a chance to try on this adorable pineapple lace top today in XS regular which is a boxy fit. I think XXS regular would be the best fit on me. It runs true to size but be prepared for it to be less form fitting. It fits exactly like their online stock image so I do not see how you can tuck it into the matching pencil skirt cleanly as they suggest since the lace material is thicker.

The inseam of the Gap white jeans pictured above was 24" for size 25P and the waist was 27" with a few inches of stretch. The ankle opening is 9". They are shorter than the Ann Taylor pair (review here) so I'm tempted to order the regular length to compare.

 Ann Taylor Floral Trim Sleeveless Sweater

This floral trim sleeveless sweater is gorgeous in person but it looked fitted so I tried on size S which fit me pretty well. I would recommend going up a size or else this is the type of material that will show all your lady lumps/bumps. If you're fit and trim then stick with your usual Ann Taylor sizing. The color is definitely ivory/cream in person and hopefully you can see the contrast against my white jeans.

Ann Taylor Gingham Button Down Blouse

I also tried on this gingham button down blouse and in person I liked the fit of size XS regular. However, when assessing the fit in these pictures I think size XXS regular would be a better fit on me. I'd say this blouse runs true to size. I like the pleats in the front and back but they can also look like too much extra material adding unwanted bulk as you can see from the picture on right.

RECENT PURCHASES

I also put together ten of my recent purchases below. Click here to see all of my other fitting room reviews.

1. Classic Long Trench

Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench
Ann Taylor Classic Long Trench, size XXSP (now on sale and an extra 50% off, review here)
LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater, size XS regular (sold out, review of size M here)
Update 8/9/16: A similar redesigned 3/4 sleeve version of this top returns for Fall '16!


Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 00 regular (last seen here, review of the deco wash here
Ann Taylor Charlie Patent Bow Pumps in blush pink
 Louis Vuitton Marais BB in Monogram Empreinte Leather

3. Striped Wrap Blouse

Ann Taylor Striped Wrap Blouse
Ann Taylor Striped Wrap Blouse, size XSP (review here, see it on Jules here in the same size and note that she's 5'4" while I'm 5'2 1/4")
LOFT Dangling Crystal Ribbon Necklace (sold out online)

4. Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee

Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee
Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Tee in quartzite, size XS regular (review of size XSP here, I ended up getting this top in size XXS regular and the true color is shown here)
Banana Republic skinny jeans (old)
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (review here, similar here and here)

Update 7/15 - This ruffle sleeve pintuck tee is back in stock in navy blue, bird print and this spotted print.

5. Turnlock Saddle Bag

Ann Taylor Turnlock Saddle Bag
Ann Taylor Turnlock Saddle Bag in winter white (review here)

6. Charlie Patent Bow Pumps

Ann Taylor Charlie Patent Bow Pumps

7.  Blossom Flare Dress

Ann Taylor Blossom Flare Dress
Ann Taylor Blossom Flare Dress, size 0P (review here, review of size 00P here)

8. Striped Short Sleeve Sweater Dress

Ann Taylor Striped Short Sleeve Sweater Dress
Ann Taylor Striped Short Sleeve Sweater Dress, size SP (review here, also available in zesty red)

Ann Taylor Stone Tassel Pendant
Ann Taylor Stone Tassel Pendant (last seen here, similar here)
Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Open Jacket, size XS regular (sold out but sizes do pop back, review here)
LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater in antique white, size S regular (review of size MP and S regular here, review of XS regular here)

10. Mock Neck Sweater

Ann Taylor Shrunken Mock Neck Sweater, size M regular
Ann Taylor Mock Neck Sweater, size M regular (review here, review of size L here)
LOFT Denim Leggings in black, size 25/0P (now on final sale, last seen here)

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature